Carers Week 8-14 June 2015
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
This year the focus is on building Carer Friendly Communities.
These are communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own and are aware of the part played by unpaid carers within their community. They have some understanding of a carer’s daily reality; that they can be under a lot of pressure, and are often hidden from view.
When a community is Carer Friendly, every corner – from the hospital, workplace, primary school, to leisure services and beyond – will be geared towards addressing the needs of carers.
This means that if you’re caring for someone unpaid, local services and systems will remove obstacles and make sure things are done differently so your life is a little bit easier.
It means reaching out to support carers by working together, 3 in 5 of us will be carers in our lifetime and as our population ages and people live longer, more and more of us will be called upon to care for an older, disabled or seriously ill loved one.
By 2037, there will be 9 million carers in the UK.
Many people will care for someone multiple times in their lives, but often do not think of themselves as a carer – they are just a husband or wife, son or daughter, parent or friend, doing what needs to be done.
Whilst caring can be a fulfilling and positive experience, caring without enough support can also have a negative effect on health, career, relationships and ability to live a life outside of a caring role
‘Support is offered but not always in the right way, andit can be patronising and difficult to get information.’
From doctors to shopkeepers, pharmacists to employers, politicians to family members - there is more that we can all do to help the people around us and build Carer Friendly Communities which support carers to lead healthy, safe and fulfilling lives.
Support Carers Week - 8-14 June 2015
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